Since I didn’t get around to posting yesterday, I can include the East-division-deciding (probably) Tuesday night game, and once again it looks like the Ohio Bobcats are off to Detroit for the conference championship game, most likely against Northern Illinois. Miami will play Temple for 2nd in the division later this month. But first, the Saturday games…
Army 45, Kent State 28- Army gets bowl eligible, probably off to the Armed Forces Bowl, while Kent State drops to 4-6 with Western Michigan and Ohio standing in the way of 6-6. Army dominated this matchup, leading by at least 14 throughout the last 3 quarters. Next Game: Kent State at Western Michigan, Saturday; Army vs. Notre Dame (at that absurd field in Yankee Stadium), Saturday
Western Michigan 45, Eastern Michigan 30- This was never a comfortable game for Western, as Eastern had the game tied in the 3rd and within a touchdown in the 4th until the Broncos iced it with a late score. Their bowl hopes ride on beating Kent State and Bowling Green down the stretch. Next Game: Kent State at Western Michigan, Saturday; Eastern Michigan at Buffalo, Saturday
Navy 38, Central Michigan 37- What’s the deal with MAC coaches going for two when overtime is a near-sure-thing? It’s been a disaster all season. CMU staged a furious rally, with two touchdowns in the last three minutes, but went for two and lost the game at the end. I suppose it doesn’t matter much, since CMU isn’t going bowling, but I don’t understand the trend. Next Game: Central Michigan at Toledo, November 26; Arkansas State at Navy, Saturday
Ohio 31, Temple 23 (Tuesday)- This was a back & forth game most of the way, until Ohio broke it open in the 4th quarter with a pair of touchdowns, running their lead to 21. Temple got two back, but Ohio gathered in the final onside kick to take the win and command of the division. Next Game: Temple at Miami, November 23; Ohio at Kent State, November 26
Conference Championship Scenarios
Ohio hasn’t quite sewn up the division yet, but if they beat Kent State on Thanksgiving Friday, they are off to Detroit again.
If Ohio loses, and Miami beats Temple, Miami will win the division, provided they get by Akron this weekend first. If Miami should lose to Akron Saturday, Ohio clinches the division.
Temple is eliminated as their best hope is a tie with Ohio at 6-2, and Ohio holds the tiebreaker.
Northern Illinois controls its destiny with two games to play against some of the worst of the league. If they beat Ball State Saturday, the division is theirs.
Toledo needs NIU to lose both games while beating Bowling Green and Central Michigan to win out.
All other teams have been eliminated for some time.
Week 11 Power Rankings
- Northern Illinois
- Western Michigan
- Kent State
- Ball State
- Central Michigan
- Bowling Green
- Eastern Michigan